Bush Administration Proposal Threatens Critical Habitat Designation

Conservation groups have learned that the Bush Administration is planning to undermine one of the most important protections offered by the federal Endangered Species Act: critical habitat designation.
June 1, 2003, 9am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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This week, the Bush administration will launch its latest attack on critical habitat by arguing that studying and protecting the places that are essential to species survival is unnecessary. Specifically, the Department of Interior is planning to insert language into all future critical habitat designations that argues that these protections have no value in species protection. The Bush administration proposal will claim not only that critical habitat is not important, but also that federal agencies do not have the funds they need to conduct surveys and draw maps of each species' critical habitat, as required under the law.

Thanks to Michael Dudley

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Published on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 in Natural Resources Defense Council
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